Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Twofer: 9/15 and 10/6 End of Season

Hello Painters and Friends,

Two final locations are on tap for September and October to round out the season.  Here they are:

September 15th, Saturday, Southford Falls State Park 

8:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. (If you want to stay the rest of the day on your own, you may.)

Free and Open to all artists, to gather and paint outside, at a beautiful small lake, waterfall, and covered bridge in the Fall color season. At the turn of the century, this was the site of the Diamond Match Company. Scenic waterfalls are at the southeast end of the Park on the Eight Mile River. Southford Falls was established as a state park in 1932 and has 169 acres. 


(No instruction; bring your own supplies, snacks, lunch, folding chair.)

Parking in lot.  Bathroom available.
Leave pets at home.

I-84, Exit 15, travel South on Route 6.
Turn right on 188, park will be on your left.

No rain date.  
More info:  Ellie Boyd, 203-429-4356, leave message.

Lachat Farm Paintout, Weston, CT Saturday, October 6th

8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. with popup show and reception

Grab your easel, paints, and friends and head to Lachat Town Farm on Saturday, October 6th (rain date, October 7th.)  John Forgione has made arrangements for POP painters and friends to spend the day painting there, with the possibility of a follow on display of work in the barn, and sales of artwork created there that day.  Lachat is offering this great location and friendly atmosphere, and is requesting a 30% donation from the artists if any sales result from hanging in the barn.  [See video link below.]  At sunset, wine, cheese and a bon fire may be on offer for artists who exhibit starting at 5:00 p.m

This event is free and open to all artists, to gather and paint outside, in a beautiful farm setting with 18th c (1770) pre-Revolutionary home and farm buildings and vistas.  Devil's Den nature preserve is right next door, if you bring a friend who hikes.  (There is no instruction. Bring your own supplies, snacks, lunch, folding chair.)

Parking is in the designated parking area in adjacent fields. There are portapotties and water on site.  No smoking. 

106 Godfrey Road West, Weston, CT 06883

Video of property on YouTube:  


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Kayak, Swim, Paintout, Cookout Monday, July 16th

Swimming beach/picnic area at Lake Waramaug State Park, New Preston, CT

Grab your paint, significant other, side dish to share, and a swimsuit/towel/beach chair/drink for a convivial afternoon at the State Park Beach at Lake Waramaug, Monday, July 16th.

Where:       State Park Beach Swimming Area at Lake Waramaug, New Preston CT
When:       Monday, July 16th from 2 pm to Dusk
Bring:        Side Dish to Share, (Hot Dogs provided), Folding chair,
                  bathing suit/towel (there are changing rooms there), drinks
Park:         On hill above swimming area

The picnic table/grill is next to the swimming area.  

RSVP TO RESERVE YOUR HOTDOG!!! (call or email, pomperaugoutdoorpainters@gmail.com before Sunday, 7/15)

Questions:  Ellie Boyd, 203-233-0038   (Not sure if there is coverage up there, so call before 7/16.

See you there!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 20th Paintout, Platt Farm, Southbury CT

Barbed wire heart on farm fence
Lots of Platt Farm visitors walk the trails everyday
along Flood Bridge Road.  One of them left a little love
and whimsy.
Please join the Pomperaug Outdoor Painters (POP) at Southbury Land Trust's Platt Farm located on Flood Bridge Road in Southbury on Sunday, May 20th, (rain cancels, no rain date) 8:30am – 1:00pm.  Artists of all skill levels are encouraged  to come and sketch or paint for the day at no charge.  No instruction, artists bring their own supplies.  This the first paintout of the season.  

Here is a one minute video of what you will see. https://youtu.be/z7X8f21ZrKA

POP is a “plein air” (outdoor) painting group that has been formed to promote landscape painting in all media, camaraderie amongst local artists, and passive enjoyment of natural spaces in the Southbury, CT area. 

The SLT Platt Farm Preserve, 110 acres, was purchased from Willis and Lillian Platt who had farmed the land for more than 50 years.  The property features open hayfields, mature floodplain forest along the Pomperaug River, glacial boulders, a beautiful old adjacent farmhouse, and barns.   The property offers many views and painting opportunities for artists, as well as hiking companions. 

Directions:  the preserve may be reached by taking Exit 15 off of I-84.  Drive North on Route 172  to the South Britain Library. Take a right off of Route 172 onto Library Road, continue up the hill, turn right on Flood Bridge Road. As you drive down Flood Bridge, you will see many areas to paint along a 1 1/2 mile stretch of pavement and dirt road--and a couple of places where you might park on the road.  If you continue on to the dirt portion of the road, just before you get to the far Eastern boundary of the preserve, you will see a grassy, fenced parking area on your left. No restroom facilities available, but at Exit 14 there is a Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts.  

For more information on this event or future events, please call or email:
Ellie Boyd, 203-429-4356, pomperaugoutdoorpainters@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018 Painting Schedule

Ellie Boyd paints at Platt Farm, along Flood Bridge Road in Southbury, CT.
The POP paintout schedule has been set up, for paintouts beginning in May, ending in October.  (No paintout in August.)  YES, it WILL be nice enough to go out and paint soon.  Here is a link to the Google Calendar with all the details:  Calendar Link

Many thanks to Diane Dubreuil, John Forgione, and Geri Dunne for their enthusiasm for the sport of plein air, and their great location suggestions.

Please check it and join us!  Our first location is a repeat from 2012 -- Southbury Land Trust's Platt Farm Preserve on Flood Bridge Road, Sunday, May 20th, from 8:30 to 1:00.  Second location:  New Milford.  Link to Event PDF

Free and Open to All Artists, to gather and paint outside, in a beautiful farm setting with Victorian home, 19th c. farm buildings, and riparian vistas.  

(No instruction; bring your own supplies, snacks, lunch, folding chair.)

Parking along Flood Bridge Road, or in two designated parking areas.
No smoking.  Leave pets at home.

I-84, Exit 14, travel North on Route 172.
Turn right on Library Road, then right on Flood Bridge Road.

No rain date

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

June Show at the Southbury Public Library

Ellie Boyd paints along with Brian Blood

Brian Blood, nationally recognized landscape painter, demonstrates step-by-step instructions for creating a California landscape in his video “Studio Painting Secrets” by Liliedahl Video Productions, from the Southbury Public Library collection.  Southbury resident and artist Ellie Boyd is painting along, to submit to the “Inspired Art” show in June.

"Inspired Art" -- A Different Kind of Show

In June 2018, the Southbury Public Library will host a different kind of art show.  Artists 18+ years old are invited to check out one or two art instructional DVD's from the collection of 150 videos, and either paint along with the instructor, or be inspired to apply new knowledge gleaned from one of the DVD's to create new art of their own.  Videos can be checked out for two weeks at a time.  The library has the show registration forms.

Take a look at the collection in the Southbury Public Library, and check out a video.  Here is a PDF with the titles/artists you will encounter.   http://bit.ly/ArtInstructionVideosUpdate
(Screenshots from the video used with express permission of Streamline Publishing.)


Dreaming About Plein Air?

Diane Dubreuil and Ellie Boyd painting in Maine.

Now is the time of year to offer up ideas for POP painting locations/dates for the 2018 schedule.  The group paints together about once/month.

If you have a good spot you'd like to share with a group of 2 to 10 painters, preferably with parking and an on site bathroom, please email pomperaugoutdoorpainters@gmail.com.

Thank you,
Ellie Boyd (203) 429-4356

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Great Way to End the Plein Air Season

Scott Peterson and Zufar Bikbov with "Best of Show" award
Scott Peterson of the Middlebury Land Trust presents Zufar Bikbov
 with "Best of Show" award.
14 Painters trekked to Brookdale Farm to enjoy a day of painting, free hotdogs and Dottie's donuts, and some beautiful scenery to paint.  The weather held until halfway through the judging/voting, but it was gratifying to see all the beautiful paintings lined up, and painters laughing, chatting, having a good time.  Congratulations to Zufar Bikbov of Watertown, who won Best of Show ($300), by judge Tom Adkins, and also got the votes for Artist's Choice ($100), and sold his painting.  Cathy Liontas, of Milford, rose to the top of the visitor's lists, and captured People's Choice ($200).   Congratulations and thank you for supporting the programs of POP and the Middlebury Land Trust.  Many thanks to our judge Tom Adkins, and to the MLT, LPOS and Rob Fenn for hosting this event in such an ideal location.  

It was great to meet painters who traveled to Middlebury to paint, and see old painting friends come out.  The weather was back and forth all week with rain predicted one day, then partly sunny the next.  Thank you to Cathy Liontas, Carolyn Currie, Arline Corcoran, Carrie Mecartney, Edward Magnotti, Tom Adkins, Lorraine Chapin, John Forgione, Frank Bruckman, Betty Ann Medeiros, Zufar Bikbov, Chuck Fulkerson, Liz Coyle, and Jill Nichols for coming out to try your luck.  Special thanks to Arline, John, and Carrie for helping at the sign in table.  
Cathy Liontas receives "People's Choice" award from
Scott Peterson, Middlebury Land Trust.
Scott Peterson and assembled Brookdale Quick Draw artists.

Approaching Fall by Zufar Bikbov
Best of Show winner "Approaching Fall" by Zufar Bikbov.

  Malcomb Todt, Scott Peterson, and Ray Pietrorazio of the Middlebury Land Trust
Malcomb Todt, Scott Peterson, and Ray Pietrorazio of the Middlebury Land Trust
and pumpkin friends.